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Poster: CompSurfahV2 Date: Jan 21, 2008 1:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I am listening to it right now... which made me think.

When you first heard of the passing of Jerry... What was the FIRST Grateful Dead Dead that you listened to afterwards??

9-20-1991 Boston Garden. (SET II opener Help-> Slip-> Fire)

Where were you?

In the Peace Corps... Over-Seas in the former-Soviet Union. I told the person who first informed me that, If he was lying, I'd "break his neck." OK.. I exaggerate the neck part ... but I WAS over-seas.





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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 22, 2008 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I came home from work and saw a guy in my building who was into the dead. he said to stop by and bring a show I thought might be "fun". I brought 7-3-88.

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Poster: sky was yellow Date: Jan 22, 2008 9:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I was working for a ladscaping company at the time and had pulled into a wawa with a front end loader on a trailer behind me. Was wondering why there was so much dead being played on WMMR from philly ( 3 songs is what i heard ) thoght , it"s my lucky day. Next thing i knew, I saw my girlfriend at the time in the store and she said ....... Jerry died !!!!! My first words were Jerry who? Her look on her face said it all!! That"s when I knew .....THE JERRY .............Smiled and Cried the rest of that day, inside and out. God Bless Jerry Garcia

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Poster: yesss! Date: Jan 22, 2008 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

i was about two years into being "off the bus" for ten years and i acted like i didn't even care. i guess i kind of didn't. i had already given up on the dude, and it broke my heart, but i had moved on and was over it. in fact, i had an old tour buddy visiting at the time who was also going through a "life after the dead" phase and i'm sorry to say that we kind of joked about it at the time. but i was young and yet to realize what a truly lasting impression that jerry garcia had had on my life. i just didn't even think twice about it. then, about a month later, i was driving to portland and heard ripple/brokedown from american beauty on the radio and just started bawling. had to pull over on the highway so i could weep. i hadn't cried in years and it was just insanely emotional and cleansing. i still wouldn't get back into the music of the dead for quite a few years, but i knew that something important and beautiful was gone from the world and that i would probably never experience anything like it again.

R.I.P. jerry. we all miss you.

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jan 21, 2008 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I was at work and WNEW in New York played china cat > rider, which I think they must have gotten from Without a Net. I think it was the first time I ever heard china cat on the radio.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Jan 21, 2008 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

hey now Yankee9, AS a fellow NY'ER, I remember hearing the news in the afternoon and scott muni frow WNEW playing PITB. Then a couple of songs later he read a request from a listener for China Doll!!!! WE'RE ONLY FRACTURED... Just a little nervous from the fall........

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jan 21, 2008 5:10pm
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yeah, I guess what I remember was around like 10 or so in the AM. By the PM I don't recall listening, but i had heard that they were playing tunes that we wouldn't normally hear.

GO YANKS!!!! and GIANTS!!

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Poster: ERBIE Date: Jan 21, 2008 6:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

CAST ON MY LEG HOBBLED UP TWO FLIGHTS TO MY BUDS SMOKED AND DRANK TO CINNCI 89 ONLY SHOW WE WHERE AT TOGETHER ...TWAS A SAD,SAD DAY

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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Jan 21, 2008 6:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I figured the Dire Wolf finally got Jer', so that was the song I played. That night I was doing night-watchman duty on a farm out in the sticks so I brought along my stash and my tapes, rolled a fatty and listened to 2/13/70, 2/8/70 and 9/19/70 til the morning came around.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jan 22, 2008 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I don't remeber specifically what I listened to. I was on my lunchbreak from work when I heard the news. I was listeng to WXPN in Philly. (University of Penn radio station). They were playing an awful lot of Dead (even by their standards) so I thought something might be up. When the DJ came on and announced the news I was just stunned.
I sat in my car and listened a little longer until I had to go back into work. Back in the warehouse where I worked, the only other dead head that worked there had the radio on and above the din of the warehouse I could faintly but distinctly hear the sound of Jerry's guitar. It was a very bizarre moment. Needless to say, my friend and I didn't get much work done the rest of the day.

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Poster: wineland Date: Jan 21, 2008 4:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I heard the news sitting outside a strip mall, just about to get out of the car to get my hair cut. KGON reported that Jerry Garcia had died. I was stunned. Tears came. They interupted their canned classic rock programming and played all of American Beauty followed up with the entire Workingman's Dead album. I never made it into my hair appointment, but I sat in the parking lot half way through American Beauty before I turned on the car and drove home. I was just out of college and was a couple months into a job I hated. I didn't even go into work that day. I called and said I had a close friend die. The next day I quit. Life seemed too short to waste it on a job that was busting my balls everyday. Within a month I got a great job that lasted for the next 5 years of my life. I called my girlfriend (who soon became my wife) and she came home early from work that day. We paid tribute to Jerry by playing Without A Net, Eyes of the World, and went out to dinner and drinks.

I hadn't thought about that in ages. Thanks for sparking the memories. Every summer after that my wife would say, "It just doesn't seem like summer without seeing Jerry." So true, still to this day, albeit the urge is less as the years go on.


"I don't know where life will lead me
But I know where I've been
I can't say what life will show me
But I know what I've seen
Tried my hand at love and friendship
But all that is passed and gone
This little boy is moving on"

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 21, 2008 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I don't remember what the FIRST thing I listened to was.

Here's what I do remember -

Driving to work I KNEW Jerry had died before I even heard the announcement because I heard Bird Song and another song on the radio that WASN'T - Touch, fotd, sugar mag, truckin, or Casey Jones. I knew there was no way they'd be playing obscure Dead for any other reason.

Another strange thing that happened that day was that I recieved in the mail a copy of Dead Ahead that I had ordered over a year prior on LASER Disc ( remember those? )

Then possibly the weirdest thing of all happened - in the Months that followed I saw Jerry recieve the ONLY thoughtful, respectful, and decent coverage I have ever seen him get from the mainstream media. Too bad it took him dying to get the respect he deserved huh?

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jan 21, 2008 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

The 4/29/71 Hard to Handle, turned up as loud as I could stand. THAT jam brought the tears.

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Poster: ghostofwaco Date: Jan 21, 2008 4:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

The jingling of cell keys, the squirting of mayonnaise on a bull pin sandwich, the bouncing of the tennis balls in the handball courts, and a book on tape by Joseph Spinoza....Oh and TLC big hit

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 22, 2008 5:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I was working for an adolescent psychiatric hospital, but I was home when I heard the news.
I listened to " a odd (quiet?) little place" about 10 times before letting go into Wheel...

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Poster: yesss! Date: Jan 22, 2008 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

thats great. i had that track on repeat for about a half an hour while driving through a stark moonscape national park recently. so beautiful.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Jan 21, 2008 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

Don't remember what I listened to, but I was driving home, the morning I heard, through the pinneapple field in Hawaii from Physical Training(army). I was tore up. So glad I was able to catch the Seattle/Eugene shows 94'. I know the last song I ever heard Jerry sing was "Knockin on Heavens Door"/ Eugene.

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Poster: CompSurfahV2 Date: Jan 21, 2008 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

So Many Roads from last Chicago on 7-9-1995 has been a favorite... In addition to Ratdog's Knockin' on 8-9-1995 Hampton Beach, NH.

R.I.P. Old Man...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 21, 2008 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

cant completely remember off the top of my head - but i know it was either 5/7/77, 5/8/77, or 5/25/77 - three of my 'most favoritest' dead shows.

i was at work, and one of my tour buddies called and simply said in a sad voice: "the Dead guy is dead." i know immediately what he meant, said a "thanks man", and hung up the phone in shock. knew it was coming, but when the day hits.....

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jan 21, 2008 6:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did you listen to first in August 1995..?

I was working at my coffee stand when I heard the news and promptly closed up stand. At the time I was the 6p-10p DJ at KSPN in Aspen (which had a very large contingent of Dead Heads) so I called my Program Director and told her that unless they allowed me to do a tribute show to celebrate Jerry's life, I would be calling in sick because I couldn't envision myself going through the motions. She agreed, so when I arrived at 6p, I informed the audience what I was going to do. Because it was a commercial station, I played all the commercials for the four hours at the beginning of the show and then proceeded to play 4 hours of a mix of released music and boots (Dead, And Jerry's Other projects), with calls from listeners and personal memories interspiced. About halfway through, the GM, Lynn Scott (who also loved the Dead) called and said that he would have prefferred to have waited til that weekend to do a tribute and get sponsors for the show, but since I was already paying tribute, he wanted to join me on-air. He arrived a little while later and we continued for the next few hours, with music, phone calls and our remembrences including more than a few choked up moments and tears, especially during Stella, Brokedown, Dew etc. We decided to end the night on an up note so we played Touch Of Grey from the album and Stagger Lee > Aiko from the Zoo 9/2/85 to wrap up the show. I was grateful that I was able to help remember and grieve with the whole community and will never forget that night.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 21, 2008 7:22pm
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Whoa--four months! Good to see you, PG...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 21, 2008 2:24pm
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Deal; off his album.